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Books for Social & Emotional Development Program

Stories have been used throughout time to describe worthwhile qualities, positive values and role models and to make sense of human experience. Stories that explore emotions will help children express and understand their own feelings and those of others. Many stories lend themselves to being followed up with small world or role play, so children can extend and deepen their experience. A well-crafted story will address difficult issues as part of the storyline and will be far more effective than a ‘technical' instructional book


At Naturekids, our books are especially selected to support children’s social-emotional education to teach children on the important skills that they will need to be socially and emotionally competent.  We believe that establishing and maintaining a selection of good story books in order to respond to different feelings, experiences and struggles is vital and should be used with sensitivity and pedagogical awareness. 


These story books will support us to:

  • respond creatively to a child's feelings and experiences
  • introduce new skills to children
  • give insight into behaviour
  • stimulate curiosity and understanding
  • provide comfort or reassurance to children
  • engage children in problem-solving.

Children need fair-minded adults who want to understand them, and help them develop the skills they need to be in the world, with fun and enjoyment. 
Our Storybook collection for Social Emotional Development includes:
  1. I can Share by Karen Kaltz
  2. Big Al by Andrew Clements
  3. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
  4. Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban and Henry Cole
  5. Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin
  6. Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A book about feelings by Anne Miranda
  7. Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
  8. I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear by Audrey Penn
  9. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney
  11. The Berenstain Bears and the Gree-eyed Monster by Stan, Berenstain
  12. We're different, We're the same (Sesame street picture books) by Bobbi Jane Kate
  13. Heartprints by P.K Hallinan
  14. Share and Take Turns (Learning to get along) by Cheri J. Meiners
  15. How Full is your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
  16. How to behave and Why by Munro Leaf
  17. Manners by Aliki
  18. The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  19. The Way I act by Steve Metzger
  20. Feeling Worried (Let's talk about it) by Julia Cook, Laurel Klaassen and Anita DuFalla
  21. Let's talk about feeling dissapointed by Joy Wilt Berry
  22. Shades of People by Shelly rotner
  23. Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis
  24. Incredible You! : 10 ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Wayne W. Dyer
  25. Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney
  26. Being a friend to someone with Autism by Ellen Sabin
  27. I Love you, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt